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CNN's "Your Bottom Line" Names Dental Hygienist Best Job in Healthcare Field

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Here is the report's list of top 5 best jobs in healthcare:

  1. Dental hygienist
  2. Audiologist
  3. Occupational therapist
  4. Physical therapist
  5. Optometrist

Romans reports 3 main reasons that put dental hygienists at the top of that list: flexibility, high pay, and growing demand.


In this field, dental hygienists often have regular and flexible hours. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medium income for dental hygienists is $68,109. Additionally, hiring in the dental hygienist field is projected to rise 38% by 2020, which is above average for this industry (the average is 30%).

The report also noted that this job is desirable because it promotes a career path, rather than just "another job." A dental hygienist often needs an associate's degree, where a typical program costs $30,000. And with high paying salaries, many hygienists claim that their investment in education is well worth the money.

Photo courtesy: eHow

Monica Barudin is an Assistant Editor for Dental Product Shopper and Hygiene Product Shopper.

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